The world as we know it could be about to change forever, after a bloke saw an “alien” on a British beach.
The creepy sighting was described as “fluorescent green thing with weird needles” poking out of its wriggling body.
But, fear not dear Daily Star reader, what Mike Arnott actually saw on Portobello Beach in Edinburgh was not something from another world.
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It was, in fact, a rarely seen Sea Mouse.
According to the Wildlife Trust, the sea mouse is marine worm covered in bristles – giving it a furry appearance.
“At the fringes are beautiful iridescent bristles that shimmer blue, green and gold,” they added.
“The sea mouse is an active predator, hunting small crabs and other worms on the seabed.
But 33-year-old beachgoer Mike had no idea what a Sea Mouse was when he came across it.
The engineer originally thought it was a moss-covered pinecone before realising it was alive.
He said the idea of it being an alien “did cross his mind” – because he had no idea what the bright green spiky creature was.
He said: I saw this fluorescent green thing with weird needles – I had no idea what it was.
“The bright green and gold colours drew me straight to it.
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“I flipped it over and saw it had lots of tiny legs – I had never seen anything like it.
“It being an alien definitely crossed my mind – or I thought it might be something from way out in the deep sea.”
Pete Haskell, of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, offered his expertise to help identify the alien-like animal.
He said it's a washed up “sea mouse” – which is confusingly a type of worm.
He explained: “It looks a bit strange being out of the water, but it’s a type of marine bristle worm that’s found all around the UK coast.”
The lesser-known creature's iridescent shimmering green and gold bristles make it look unlike any other marine animal, and is not thought to be in any way harmful to humans.
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